City of North York

North York is in the central part of the northern section of Toronto. Geographically, North York is bounded by Highway 400 on the west, Victoria Park on the east, steels on the North and Eglinton on the south. North York is one of favorite cities in which people set up their dream home. Some of the most affluent areas of GTA are located in North York, such as Bridle Path, Hogg’s Hollow, York Mills, Willowdale and Bayview Village.

Demographics

North York has diverse neighborhoods that represent many different cultures. In 2006, 57% of North York’s residents were not born in Canada, and 52% were minorities. Among the minorities, Chinese account for 14%, South Asian 10%, Black 9%, Arab/West Asian 5%, Filipino 4%, Latin American 4%,Southeast Asian 2% and other 2%. The residents in the western half of North York is culturally different than the eastern half.

Chinese dominate the eastern half of North York making up 22% of the population from Yonge Street to Victoria park Avenue. The neighbourhood with the largest percentage of Chinese people in North York is the Aspenwood area in Hillcrest Village with 57%.
West Asians and Arabs concentrate in the eastern half of North York. Additionally, Iranians have a distinctive presence on the north end of Yonge Street. There is also a lot of Middle Easterns along Don Mills Rd. The largest percentage of Middle Easterns in North York live in Graydon Hall and the Shaughnessy area in Don Valley Village with 17%.

South Asians are mainly spread out evenly in North York. There are large South Asian communities in Emery and Flemingdon Park.The neighbourhood with the largest percentage of South Asians in North York Gateway-Glenway area is Flemingdon Park with 46%.

Filipinos are centred around Bathurst Street. Flemingdon Park also has a sizable Filipino community. The neighbourhood with the largest percentage of Filipino people in North York is the Neptune area in Lawrence Manor with 24%.

Latin Americans in North York are predominantly in the western half of North York along Jane Street, Weston Road and Keele Street. The neighbourhood with the largest percentage of Latin Americans in North York is the Oakdale-Stanley Park area in Elia with 22%.

Koreans are mostly in the eastern half of North York, especially in the Willowdale neighbourhood (10% of Willowdale was Korean, making it the largest Korean community in Toronto). The neighbourhood with the largest percentage of Koreans in North York is the Mitchell Field area in Willowdale with 14%.

Development

Business and Arts development are intensified in the North York Centre area along Yonge Street between Finch and Sheppard Avenues. Yonge subway line and Highway 401 contribute a lot to the development of North York. The section of Highway 401 which traverses North York is the busiest section of freeway in North America, exceeding 400,000 vehicles per day.
There are many stores and high-rise office and condominium apartment buildings along this central North York corridor, particularly centred around the old North York City Hall. Directly beside the old City Hall is the Toronto Center for the Arts. Thanks to a new subway line along Sheppard Avenue, more high-rise condominiums are being built along the Sheppard East corridor.
Due to convenient transportation, mature communities and excellent economic environment,major corporations have built their own office towers along Yonge Street in central North York, including the Canadian head offices of procter & Gamble, Nestle, Cadbury Adams, Lindt & Sprungli Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Cadbury Adams, Lindt & Sprüngli, Equifax, and Xerox, McDonald’s of Canada is also located in North York.

Amenities

It is very convenient and enjoyable to shop in North York. Major shopping malls in North York include the Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Fairview Mall. Smaller locations include Centerpoint Mall, Bayview Village, Yorkgate Mall, Shops at Don Mills, Steeles West Market Mall, Jane Finch Mall and Sheppard Centre.

There are adequate health-care facilities in North York, such as North York General Hospital, Humber River Regional Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital. A regional cancer centre and regional trauma centre are located in North York.

North York boasts of excellent natural environment with many parks and gardens. Edwards Gardens is one of several parks located in Toronto’s ravines, many of which are connected by hiking and cycling trails ending on the shores of Lake Ontario. The park’s manicured lawns and well kept flower beds make it a popular destination for wedding parties to take photographs.
Downsview Park is the first Municipal park of Canada. Downsview Park is a model development demonstrating sustainable practices in its design, construction, operation and maintenance. It is intended to be a recreational, educational and cultural amenity for all Canadians; a diverse, healthy and livable community for its occupants, visitors and neighbours; and an educational demonstration project of international significance Ontario Science Centre, which boasts over 800 science-oriented exhibits, are North York’s primary attractions.

Education

The Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, have their administrative headquarters in North York.

North York has very good education facilities. There are many prestigious public primary and high schools in North York. Prestigious primary school include Hillmount, Seneca Hill, Arbor Glen, Denlow, Harrison, Avondale, Mckee. Famous high school in North York are Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts,AY Jachson, Earl Haig, William Lyon Mackenzie, Don Mills, York Mills. Post-secondary institutions, York University, Seneca College and Osgoode Hall Law School have campus located in North York.
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